Troublemaker (Dave Brandstetter #3)
The third volume in the award-winning, groundbreaking Dave Brandstetter mystery series finds Dave investigating the murder of the owner of a local gay bar. Appearances suggest that the only witness is also the killer, but he swears he's innocent. Trouble is, he may be telling the truth.
A renowned short-story writer, Joseph Hansen is also the author of more than 25 novels....more
The Book Description: Who killed gay bar owner and all-around nice guy Rick Wendell? Was it Larry Johns, the attractive young man found wiping his prints off the still-smoking gun mere moments after the murder? If so, why was Johns naked? And what happened to the large sum of money Wendell had just withdrawn from the bar's bank account? Hard-boiled, openly gay insurance claims investigator Dave Brandstetter aims to find out in Troublemaker, the third volume in Joseph Hansen's l...more
It's a cliche to use the term "master of the written word," isn't it?
Once again Hansen proves he is a master of the written word.
(There. Actually, that entire sentence is a cliche. Oh well. It's true nonetheless.)
Usually I cannot stand an overuse of metaphors, similes...analogies...you know, stuff. JUST SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, PEOPLE. Whenever I read about the crashing waves of love along the shores of...of...I don't know, I can't even do it. But when I come across such writing, I feel like...more
Hansen paints and his medium is words. Beautiful, spare, visual writing.
Dave is more distant than usual in this one. At the same time we see little glimmers of him. The man, who appears uncaring, cares. I saw this in the interactions with Doug’s mother, with any animal that is around, with the seemingly non-relationship with his father. I think it was the first time in this series that homophobia touches the protective bubble Dave seems to live in.
As is typical for Hansen’s writing, the human...more
Troublemaker is the third case of Dave Branstetter and though I liked the first two books more than the third one, I can assure you - it was not the writing that influenced my rating.
The writing of Joseph Hansen is masterful and one of his biggest talent.
His books are less suited for the reading in-between.
You have to forget everyday life around you to fully concentrate on his wording to detect the small jewels that are hidden on every page.
The inconspicuous things like:
To the police, it looks like an open and shut case, which is bad news for Medallion who will be out $25,000. This book was published in 1975 when $25,000 no doubt seemed like a lot mo...more
I have my usual reservations about Hansen's writing, but I'm getting used to it. And it's not bad, anyway: I whisper it to myself, generally, because it sounds good -- I always do that with well-written books, like with Chandler,...more
I really enjoyed the mystery. It was complex with many interesting characters. What brought the rating down was the author's strange descriptions of things. Many times I had to go back and read over, which pulled me out of the story, to figure out what was going on. At times, I even gave up without figuring it out.
Good mystery and not much on romance. Dave Brandsetter, the Insurance Detective, has some trouble in his private life (his dad is ill and he is afraid to lose him, and his relationship with Doug, his recent lover, is showing some serious cracks). However, as usual, Dave is a consumed professional and does not let his private life affect the quality of his work.
I really like the author's writing style. This is description of Carl Brandsetter, Dave's dad:
"Carl Brandsetter was as straight...more
I was privileged to read some of the mysteries in this wonderful series years ago, after first publication. Recently I had been remembering them, and wishing I could find them again, so I’m very pleased to find Open Road Media giving a new opportunity for readers to enjoy the mysteries involving Dave Brandstetter, Gay insurance death claims investigator. Dave is a very solid, laid-back type of individual. We hardly ever see him rush, except when a ca...more
Who killed gay bar owner and all-around nice guy Rick Wendell? Was it Larry Johns, the attractive young man found wiping his prints off the still-smoking gun mere moments after the murder? If so, why was Johns naked? And what happened to the large sum of money Wendell had just withdrawn from the bar's bank account? Hard-boiled, openly gay insurance claims investigator Dave Brandstetter aims to find...more
Or maybe Medallion Life is like a niche insurance company?
I also liked the updates with Doug and the new place. I can't wait to see how they fix it up.
Luckily, my library had both books 4 and 5 on the shelf. I'm all set for the next two mysteries with Dave!
Nonetheless, I'm enjoying them, if only for the glimpse at gay life in the '70s.
Or maybe I will give in and buy the kindle editions at their arm and leg cost. Hmmm.
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"You're the only new friend of Tom's I've met. And you're just what I expected."
"Yup," Dave said. "I wear three-hundred-dollar suits and drive an eight-thousand-dollar car. Mr.Taylor-stop measuring people that way."
"It's American," Taylor said defensively.
"And Nigerian. And Bolivian," Dave said. "It started in Sumer.”